Celebrating life

God gave us the gift of life; it is up to us to give ourselves the gift of living well. -Voltaire 

Today is my birthday. I’ve now been on this earth for 41 years. It seems like a long time yet how fast the time has gone! I look forward to the next forty years and seeing what I can do. In the meantime, I thought it would be fun to come up with an inspirational photo collection on celebrating life because isn’t life a gift? For me, I need no gift today except the gift of life. What a beautiful life it is.

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“How old would you be if you didn’t know how old you are”? -Satchel Paige



“We have to be able to grow up. Our wrinkles are our medals of the passage of life. They are what we have been through and who we want to be”. Lauren Hutton 


“With mirth and laughter let old wrinkles come.” ― William Shakespeare

IMG_2262“The bond that links your true family is not one of blood, but of respect and joy in each other’s life.” -Richard Bach 


“You will never be happy if you continue to search for what happiness consists of. You will never live if you are looking for the meaning of life. “-Albert Camus 


“Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky.” 
― Rabindranath Tagore, Stray Birds P1030084I’m not one for enjoying Birthdays anymore. However, I am one for enjoying and celebrating life. Thus, today I will wish myself “Happy Birthday!” and be so incredibly thankful for the gift I’ve been given. The gift of a happy life.


  1. What a beautiful, beautiful family. You are so blessed. Stay as shining as you are, reaching out to others with joy, love and compassion. The world needs more people like YOU. Happy birthday, from my side of the world. Hugs.

  2. It’s a joy to be able to celebrate your birthday, Nicole. You seem to have learnt many of life’s essential lessons well ahead of the rest of us, so I’m sure the years to come will be full of good things. I look forward to watching you grow.

  3. Happy Birthday Nicole. With the beautiful family you have and the lives you have touched with your volunteer work, you have many reasons to be rejoicing life. 🙂

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